Cold again today, a very cold week with hard frost, unusual for November, let’s hope “that’s it” re winter rather than a sign of things to come.  Musselburgh abandoned earlier this week and an inspection for Carlisle on Sunday but no problems for Newcastle’s fixture tomorrow where the ground is drying up after the best part of two inches of rain on Monday; expect it will be soft though which will be fine for our two runners.

Christmas in USA

Christmas in USA

The first of those is Christmas in USA who I expect to be suited by the drop back in trip in the 12.05, Kit rides and 12 run, there are a couple of very smart looking horses in the race that we meet on level terms but I hope we will run well.

The Orange Rogue

The Orange Rogue

In the 1.10 The Orange Rogue returns to the venue of his win in April, his first run since and whilst he should run well 2m 4f is sharp enough for him and he meets a lot of racefit rivals, Tony Kelly rides and 14 run.  Hats off to Newcastle, £272k on offer tomorrow and good racing as a result with all the best stables in the UK and Ireland represented, high profile days like these are exactly what the North needs and others should follow their example – it works!

Lake View Lad

Lake View Lad

Then if the frost allows it will be over to Carlisle on Sunday where we have four declared runners on ground that is soft with heavy places but currently frozen.

Road to Gold (Sally)

Road to Gold (Sally)

Somewhat absurdly we have three of the six runners in the 2m novice chase at 12.55, there simply aren’t enough opportunities for these horses so we are forced to race them against each other, Lake View Lad (Stephen Mulqueen) should go very well on the back of his chasing debut at Newcastle a fortnight ago, Road to Gold (Brian Harding) and Clan Legend (Tony Kelly) are wrong at the weights with Lake View Lad but need to learn their trade and will be doing their best to pick up some money.

Clan Legend is due to make his chasing debut on Sunday

Clan Legend is due to make his chasing debut on Sunday

Later in the afternoon The Bishop runs in the Amateur Rider’s hurdle at 3.30, 14 run and Kit rides, he lost his way a little at the end of last season but is in much better form now though he is likely to improve for the run.

The Bishop - a winner over fences last season, reverts to hurdles for a warm up this time round.

The Bishop – a winner over fences last season, reverts to hurdles for a warm up this time round.